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How outsourcing can
help save the transport sector Why it has never been timelier for the transport sector to embrace outsourcing to help with post pandemic recovery.

5 mins
Peter Mohring Serco's Associate
The world as we know it has changed. Gone are the days when travel was as simple as jumping on a plane; now we are living in an entirely different world. Of course there is a fundamental need to operate differently, the old ways of doing things no longer apply and the rule book for the transport industry has changed beyond belief.

How do we adjust workflows and utilise technology to ultimately deliver the greatest customer experience in an age where everything has changed?

But now as economies slowly start to normalise and we are able to travel again – albeit in a social distanced way – how do businesses and governments need to adapt? How do we adjust workflows and utilise technology to ultimately deliver the greatest customer experience in an age where everything has changed?

Clearly we need to reimagine the transport sector. Aviation operators, airlines and airports need to make financial efficiencies across the board. At the same time they are still looking to maintain and of course exceed levels of customer service, and this is all whilst they are operating in a completely new environment where health has never been so much on the public’s agenda.

A new environment necessitates a new way of working, outsourcing has the potential to deliver critical value to support the sector more than ever during this time, offering specialised expertise, flexibility, cost efficiencies and technological solutions to aid collaborative decision making. 

What we have seen is the resilience and adaptability of the sector. It has forced us as well to reimagine outsourcing, and it has stressed the need for service providers to adapt to deliver even greater value than ever.

Optimising asset lifecycle management

One thing that can be leveraged through the outsourcer’s expertise is their ability to bring with them and put in place the latest policy, processes, procedures, technologies and people that drive energy efficiency, operational efficiency, cost optimisation and optimised capex and OpEx costs generated by assets throughout their lifecycle.
Data Management

One way to enable this is through digital asset management, which focuses on leveraging data and technology to drive informed decision making in the asset management life cycle. It’s about understanding the economic and useful life of assets, when it comes to driving improved asset performance that reduces risk.

By bringing in the latest techniques when it comes to automation, data analysis and AI, information can be analysed to help clients with better insights to make better decisions and deliver greater value in a cost effective and sustainable way.

Currently, when it comes to operations and maintenance services, we see airports and airlines still on their asset management maturity curve moving from time and usage based PPM schedules (where maintenance is still deemed as an expense) through to CBM, RBM towards predictive and presecriptive methodologies for enabling maintenance where maintenance starts to materialize itself as an investment to the business.

Can outsourcing positively impact passenger experience?

Ultimately, now more than ever, the customer experience is key and outsourcing has great ability to deliver value through utilising companies who specialise in experience When it comes to aviation, passengers are feeling very insecure about the whole experience, so the more that the travel industry can do to make them feel comfortable and safe, the quicker people are going to come back and get that confidence to travel again. Consistency is the watch word here and this is especially important when it comes to customers getting the right information, experience and having the right expectations – even if they have to change.
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The outsourcer will bring with them an outsider’s view and therefore a fresh perspective. Whether it’s a passenger or a customer experience, specialists are looking at this across a number of different industries and learnings and examples of best practice are being taken.

Keeping people feeling safe and protected in a mall for example can be reapplied to other areas; whether it's on the metro or at an airport. The combination of having that customer experience capability as well as the operational side and the ability to implement this experience will deliver a greater impact in the current world.

Having an excellent customer approach has always been critical, but now more than ever it is vital to the future of the transport sector. Dealing with new rules and regulations may be subject to change, but one thing that can be controlled is how we negotiate and manage this. Leveraging best practice examples, implementing technology and having a consistency of excellent service is key to creating a sustainable transport model.

We are living in a world where it is travel 2.0; and in fact working collaboratively with service providers will help reimagine and drive forward the sector.


Serco's Associate Peter Mohring

Mohring, Serco's associate,is responsible for delivering excellent service performance to existing customers, optimising organic growth opportunities through related diversification and delivering new business wins aligned with both the growth aspirations of the sector across our chosen markets in the Middle East.
Peter Mohring